The ability of elite athletes to focus on the task at hand, blocking out everything around them and concentrating solely on their next movement has always fascinated me. One of the most interesting things I read about Barry Bonds was that he had an ability to slow down a pitch in his head so that he could identify whether it was going to be a ball or a strike, a fastball or a curveball. While everyone has this ability to some extent or another (it's called Smooth Pursuit), Bonds said that his ability would really kick in when his concentration and focus were at their highest levels. The ball would slow down for him so much that he felt like he was "catching" the ball with the bat instead of trying to merely hit the ball.
The next time you're working out, instead of letting your mind wander, try focusing as hard as you can on the task at hand. What kind of differences do you note in your performance?
Posted by Zareh.